Autoimmune Hepatitis

Who Is At Risk for Autoimmune Hepatitis?

About 80 percent of those affected by autoimmune hepatitis are women, usually between the ages of fifteen and forty. Autoimmune hepatitis also affects both much older and much younger individuals, but this occurrence is rare.

There are two types of autoimmune hepatitis:

  • Type 1 (Classic) autoimmune hepatitis. This is the most common form of autoimmune hepatitis and can come on suddenly and can occur at any age but affects mostly young women. This form of AIH is usually associated with other autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Type 2 autoimmune hepatitis. This is the less common form and mostly affects young girls.

Mayo Clinic “Autoimmune Hepatitis” http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/autoimmune-hepatitis/DS00676/ Retrieved on February 17, 2011

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases “Autoimmune Hepatitis” http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/autoimmunehep/ Retrieved on February 17, 2011

Palmer, M.D., Melissa. Dr. Melissa Palmer’s Guide to Hepatitis & Liver Disease. New York: Avery Trade, 2004.

Worman, MD Howard J. The Liver Disorders and Hepatitis Sourcebook. McGraw-Hill, 2006

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